Russia, Belarus To build Air Defense Against U.S. Missile Shield

(RTTNews) - Russia and Belarus are mulling over building a common air defense system as a response to the deployment of U.S. missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Belarussian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko Tuesday agreed that a treaty to this effect should be signed as early as this autumn.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski signed an agreement in Warsaw Wednesday to deploy 10 U.S. interceptor missiles in the East European country. The U.S. and the Czech Republic have already signed a bilateral treaty last month allowing a radar base on Czech soil despite protests from both within the Czech Republic and Russia.

Lukashenko made his first comment Tuesday on the Russian operation in South Ossetia in which he supported the military intervention by Moscow.

"Everything was done excellently, very calmly, wisely and neatly. In a situation like this the West would act in a way that would cause the whole world to shudder," he said.



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